Monday, May 29, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017


Happy Tuesday and welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!  This week's topic is Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017.  The books on my list cover this September through November.  I can foresee myself spending some of my hard earned money on these!  Here we go, in order of release date:


A Conspiracy in Belgravia (Lady Sherlock #2) by Sherry Thomas - Release date: September 5


Warcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu - Release date: September 12


Shadowhouse Fall (Shadowshaper #2) by Daniel José Older - Release date: September 12


Odd & True by Cat Winters - Release Date: September 12


A Poison Dark and Drowing (Kingdom on Fire #2) by Jessica Cluess - Release date: September 19


This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis - Release date: October 10


All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater - Release date: October 10


Retribution Rails (Vengeance Road #2) by Erin Bowman - Release date: November 7


Renegades by Marissa Meyer - Release date: November 7


Artemis by Andy Weir - Release date: November 14


Are you excited for any of these upcoming releases?  What reads are you looking forward to?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even leaving a comment down below.

Music Monday: Recent Favorites


Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to Music Monday! Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately!  If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up below.

Rules:

Every Monday share a few songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).

If you would like to participate in Music Monday, please join the link up by sharing your post's url.

"Say You Won't Let Go" by James Arthur (2016) - I had never heard of Arthur until my local radio stations started playing this song on repeat, but I'm hooked on this song now - he has a great voice.


"Good News" by Ocean Park Standoff (2016) - My local radio stations have started playing this one (not nearly getting the same amount of airplay as the above though), but I can relate - I could do with the some good news myself.




Sunday, May 28, 2017

Seized by the Sun: The Life and Disappearance of World War II Pilot Gertrude Tompkins by James W. Ure - Review

Sunday Funday: Memorial Day Weekend Book Haul


Happy Sunday and Memorial Day weekend everyone!  I hope everyone who celebrates it is having a good weekend with nice weather and cloudless skies (unlike the damp weather and threatening clouds overhead).  I was hoping to make it to a local ice cream festival today, but unfortunately that didn't happen.  Thanks, weather.  Tomorrow, though, looks like it will be a better day.


However, the weekend hasn't been a total loss - yesterday, I saw Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - it was a lot of fun to be back with Captain Jack Sparrow and his crew and Javier Bardem was pretty great as the villain of the story, plus the effects looked awesome - and I made it to the opening weekend of the county's Friends of the Library Book Sale.  It's held at a warehouse which was absolutely packed with materials and shoppers and they had a $5 per stuffed bag special.  The books in the photo above are what I managed to fit into that plastic bag!

Giant by Edna Ferber - The movie is a classic - I'd love to see what the source material is like.

Mob Rules by Cameron Haley - Sounds like a great urban fantasy series opener.

A Void by Georges Perec - There are zero e's in this novel - could be fascinating.

Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson - Described as being for fans of Neal Stephenson, plus it's by the mind behind Kamala Khan!

Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Stories Not for the Nervous - Stories the master has selected, say no more!  Plus, "Sorry, Wrong Number" is one of the features!

Jane Steele by Lindsay Faye (ARC) - This sounds like it will be right up my alley.

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern (ARC) - Definitely have wondered what this could be about because it sounds fascinating.

Leviathan Wakes by James A. Corey - I've heard so many great things about The Expanse, so I should really try the source material before I watch the show.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt - I have no idea why I haven't already devoured this novel.

Have you read any of these books and did you enjoy them?  Which should I try first?  Thanks as always for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio + 50/50 Friday


Welcome to The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice.

These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.


I'm also taking part in Book Beginnings, a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader.  The rules are pretty simple - you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires.  Don't forget to link up your post's url with Rose City Reader.


This week I'm spotlighting one of my upcoming reads, If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio.  I've been highly anticipating this April release and my hold at the library finally came in!  If you haven't already added this to your tbr, what are you waiting for?  It sounds perfect.  By the way, M.L. Rio, the author is also the Duke of Bookingham!

Beginning:

I sit with my wrists cuffed to the table and I think, But that I am forbid / To tell the secrets of my prison-house, / I could a tale unfold whose lightest word / Would harrow up they soul.  The guard stands by the door watching me, like he's waiting for something to happen.

Enter Joseph Colborne.  He is a graying man now, almost fifty.  It's a surprise, every few weeks, to see how much he's aged - and he's aged  little more, ever few weeks, for ten years.  He sits across from me, folds his hands, and says, "Oliver."

"Joe."

"Heard the parole hearing went your way.  Congratulations."

"I'd thank you if I thought you meant it."

56:

James inhaled suddenly, like he'd forgotten to breath before, and steeped out into the light.  "So foul and fair a day I have not seen," he said, and ever head turned toward us.  I walked close behind him, not afraid of stumbling now.




This week I'm also taking part in a linkup called 50/50 Friday, which is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books.  Every week they'll have a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - this week the topic is Most Deep / Most Shallow Book in X Genre.  Since I don't talk about YA contemporary all that often, this week I'll focus my topic on that particular genre.

Most Deep:


The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis - This must read targets plenty of tough subjects and doesn't pull any punches.

Most Shallow:


Biggest Flirts (Superlatives #1) by Jennifer Echols - Tia's a girl who pretends to be an airhead to get the boys and be popular - yeah, no thanks.  I think I was just too old to put up with Tia's nonsense.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Upcoming Fantasy and Sci-Fi Releases I'm Looking Forward To


Happy Tuesday and welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!  This week's topic is a Summer Reads Freebie, and I have elected share ten Upcoming Fantasy and Sci-Fi Releases I'm Looking Forward To that are being released this June - August, 2017, both YA and adult.  Here we go, in order of release date:


Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle - Release date: June 1st


Down Among the Sticks and the Bones by Seanan McGuire - Release date: June 13th


The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter by Theodora Goss - Release date: June 20th


The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee - Release date: June 27th


Spoonbenders by Dary Gregory - Release date: June 27th


Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine - Release date: July 11th


At the Table of Wolves by Kay Kenyon - Release date: July 11th


The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova - Release date: July 11th


Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw - Release date: July 25th



What books are you looking forward to?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Music Monday: Zenith Salutes... The Teen Sound


Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to Music Monday! Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately!  If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up below.

Rules:

Every Monday share a few songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).

If you would like to participate in Music Monday, please join the link up by sharing your post's url.


When I go to thrift stores, aside from looking at books I also like to check out the vinyl records they have.  I just happened to find Zenith Salutes... The Teen Sound which was released in 1966 as a limited edition at one of my last forays to a local thrift store.  When I went up to the register the cashier sure gave me a funny look... Anyway, the record features some of top teen songs from some of the biggest performers of that year.  These are two of my favorites on the album:

"Turn-Down Day" by The Cyrkle - Just look at that drummer's showmanship!


"The Trip" by Donovan - Definitely that kind of trip...